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From High Heels to High Hills

One woman walking the Lake District – in her own style


The latest release from specialist publisher, Step Beach Press, From High Heels to High Hills tells the real life story of one woman’s passion for the mountains of the Lake District and how she’s conquered them - in her own style. Serial hill walker and shoe fanatic, Tanya Oliver captures the beauty and colour of the Lake District and its community, describing it with love and awe, and herself with a self-deprecating, wry smile. This book gives an insight which regular guide books do not – climbing mountains, ensuring that your essential waterproofs extend to mascara.

From High Heels to High Heels combines a substantial understanding and knowledge of the Lake District with resilience, determination and a touch of light-heartedness. Each chapter contains stunning photos that capture the magic of the fells.

Targeted at novices as well as ramblers, this guide relates the author’s experience of the fells, from scrambling up rocky crags and falling in muddy bogs, to scaling the highest fells and the highest heels. She includes the embarrassing trips, falls and stumbles, false starts and abandoned expeditions, as well as the triumphs and adventures. But this is a journey with a difference.

From High Heels to High Hills chapter highlights include:

  • What the guide books do not tell you
  • Ridge Walks
  • Bogs and Screes (and a wet river crossing)
  • My Favourite Fells
  • Escaping the Fells – places to visit in between
  • My Favourite Heels
  • Getting Lost!
  • Walking With Children and Animals
  • Low Walks and Low Fells
  • No Such Thing as Bad Weather?
  • Divided By a Common Language
  • The Wainwright’s and Me


From High Heels to High Hills by Tanya Oliver is available from 31 October 2012 although advance orders can be placed by visiting


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